Crashes Galore At Nokere Koerse

20 March 2019 04:30
Cees Bol from Team Sunweb has won the Danilith Nokere Koerse race. The Danilith Nokere Koerse was a 195.6 kms race, with a start in Deinze and finish in Nokere and included seven times of the Nokerenberg climb, which is 350m long at 5.7% average and 7% maximum. Five riders were in the first break of the day and had a 2.10 lead after thirty kilometres. It went out to over seven minutes with 120kms to go and at 6.10 with 90kms and four local laps, two small ones and two big ones left. With two laps left and 65kms of racing to go, the gap to David Boucher, Axel Journiaux, Yoann Offredo, Otto Vergaerde y Mattia Viel was at 3.37. There was a big crash with 52kms remaining, following a touch of wheels when riders tried to move up on the right-hand side of the road. Two kilometres later and there was another crash with two riders in a ditch and Team Sky’s Owain Doull down along with Jai Hindley who took their time getting up. As the break dropped to three riders, there was another crash with Lotto Soudal having a rider down. The gap was falling rapidly, so Lars Boom tried to attack just before the final climb of the day. It was down to 52 seconds with a lap to go with Boucher taking the KOM prize. Roompot sent another rider up the road before the peloton ended the break with 25kms left. There were more crashes with everyone together on the Leedorp cobbles with 7kms remaining   Marco Camela led before he too crashed. Bora Hansgrohe attacked with 350m to go. There was a big crash but those who missed it, battled on with Max Walscheld of Team Sunweb and Vanderpoel crashing before the 23 years old Cees Bol from Team Sunweb taking the win ahead of Pascal Ackermann, who said it was a hard race but congratulated the winner and said that he was lucky today. Jaspa Philippsen was third.       . read full article

Source: Kev Monks